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Book Review – A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker

October 27, 2016

While the subtitle – Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith – caught my attention, I confess that the parallel reason for offering to review this book was the author, Brandon Hatmaker. My wife has read a couple books by his wife, Jen Hatmaker, and when she laughs as she’s reading, it has gotten my attention (and I’ve later read portions). I had to the husband’s writing because his wife’s writing is so great.

Fortunately, Brandon Hatmaker’s writing is equally enjoyable and his writing challenges the reader to probe deeply into their personal faith story and false assumptions. He asks the reader to expand their understanding of the Gospel based on Jesus life, and then describes he has experienced both shallow religiosity and deep, life transformation while growing up in a Christian context and serving in pastoral ministry.

Hatmaker presents the content with well-chosen stories and then methodically lays out plans or contexts for engaging in a deeper faith in the specific area being discussed in each chapter. Deeper Discipleship (ch. 4) and Better Community (ch. 5) were especially challenging personally, though the other topics covered were also insightful, sometimes uncomfortable, and yet faith stimulating.

While Hatmaker welcomes any reader, I think the book will be most beneficial for the believer who has followed Christ for years, especially those who have grown up in evangelical Christian environments. He challenges our heart gently while causing us to examine our thinking as to whether it truly reflects Christ`s values. I gladly recommend this book to my fellow sojourners.

Disclosure: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Note: I am aware of recent concerns over Jen Hatmaker’s faith statements, and still recommend the book.

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